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A Study of the Formative Years

34 3 THE MODERN SICILIAN WINE INDUSTRY EUROPEAN UNION POLICIES OF THE 1950S THROUGH THE EARLY 1980S The 1957 Treaty of Rome ensured that goods could move freely across the borders of European Union member states.1 Following this, the Stresa Conference of 1958 outlined agricultural policy for members of the EU, which supported the principle that they would act as a bloc to solve problems associated with the agroeconomic diffi culties of individual members. The conference guaranteed farmers in the EU that prices for their products would not fall below a

industry certainly dates from at least 3000 B.C., probably in the area indicated above. Since yeasts are every- where abundant, fermentation would be no problem. Some early housewife probably left crushed grapes in a jar and found, a few days later, that an alcoholic product had been formed. All these early wines must have been of very poor History of the Grape and Wine Industry quality, just as the early beers were of poor quality. The wines were probably drunk during or soon after the primary fermenta- tion before it "turned" to vinegar. The antiquity of wine

in Wine

CHAPTER THREE STATISTICAL TRENDS IN THE WINE INDUSTRY INTERNATIONAL ACREAGE and production continues to increase. A t the turn of the century grape acreage was down in most European countries owing to the invasion of phylloxera in the last third of the nineteenth century. Only parts of Greece, California, Australia, and a few other regions escaped phylloxera, which caused great economic losses in abandoned vineyards. As a direct result of phylloxera the varieties of grapes planted in many areas changed. Many vineyards were replanted with American

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